Teacher’s Corner

  • The cool world of drumming by Menzie Pittman
    The cool world of drumming There are so many cool experiences in this life time… not your everyday mundane stuff: we are talkin’ cool… and drumming is one of the coolest. Drumming is musical, while at the same time very physical. It brings music to life; it puts air in the notes… It’s primal, and I love it! There are so many great drummers. A world of people who have this crazy passion in common. There are the “obvious” names: Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purity, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Denis Chambers, Neil Peart etc… and now there is a new breed such as Keith Carlock. I could list hundreds of great drummers and there are some you wouldn’t recognize, but their grooves are infectious. They just have this way of Continue Reading...
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  • First Chair
    A Teacher’s Perspective on Arts Advocacy As a music teacher with (almost) 25 years of experience and, for those of you who are involved studying and teaching music, it is apparent what an important role the arts, (specifically music) play in the development of children. Given my experiences as an instrumental music teacher and educational administrator it is unthinkable for me to consider preparing a child for life without a solid background in music. The tough economic times we currently face makes it obvious that we, as consumers of music need to remind others of this reality. The following is a collage of ‘reasons why’ it is important for music to be a fundamental part of every child’s learning. As there can be no music without learning, no education is Continue Reading...
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  • A Guitarist’s View
    As guitarist, and musicians we are always looking for ways to learn, improve and just keep our playing fresh. For this reason we are ever expanding our pallet of influences and inspiration. We can all remember back to what event first gave us the desire to pick up our axe of choice. Whether it was seeing a certain band perform live or listening to the riffs in a song that sounds bigger than the world itself, these are all things that first shaped our musicality. Since Guitar is the coolest instrument in the world with many great stylistic elements, I think there are a few places we all should visit in order to evolve. First of all don’t get stuck in just one bag, it is great to hit a Continue Reading...
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